CAST & CREW
“ Enemmy” is one more addition to the long list of action films that portray the fight between the good cops and evil underworld that has become endemic in all the big cities today, especially the commercial capital of Mumbai. To avoid appearing repetitive, different variations in content or even naming are resorted to. Not to be misled, the current film is not a spy film dealing with our external enemies, but is about the same internal antagonists.
Plot: In a familiar take, the plot revolves around the gang wars that break out quite intermittently in the Mumbai underworld, with rival gangs attempting to hold on to positions of dominance to maximise their ill gotten wealth. However, here the battle is joined by an apparently determined police force out to break these gang wars once and for all and bring peace to the troubled metropolis. In this case the onus falls on four undercover officers rendered by Sunil Shetty as Eklavya; Kay Kay Menon as Naeem; Mithun Chakraborty’s son, Mahaakshay Chakraborty as Madhav; and Johny Lever perhaps for the first time in the role of serious police offer, as Eric. The quartert get into their task in right earnest, and are able to get the better of Mukhtar, played by Zakir Hussain, a notorious and dangerous criminal. Like the calm before the storm, however, the respite seems short lived, and not only crime returns but the gang warfare starts again in full swing, bringing back worried looks, on the faces of the city administration, especially the political hierarchy. The political leadership led by Ram Govardhan “RG” ( Akshay Kapoor), decides to escalate matters and requisition the services of the CBI into the investigations.
Accordingly, Yugandhar Vishnoye, played by the ever effervescent Mithun Chakraborty, is deputed to Mumbai to take up the assignment and get into the heart of the matter. Yugandhar is an experienced officer with an uncanny knack of visualising exactly what has been happening from the circumstantial evidence that he is able to lay his hands on. He realises that the gang war is actually a cover up for a huge heist in which large amounts of cash were taken away from Mukhtar, and that he was in no mood to relent till he got back his wealth. The investigation really opens up a can of worms, seeking the answer to the baffling question- who could be more powerful than the undeclared king of the underworld?
Mithun Chakraborty, as usual puts in a sincere performance, although his entry happens much later, while Suniel Shetty gives a refreshingly convincing portrayal. However, Mithun’s son in his second appearance only proves again that he is not a patch on his illustrious father. In contrast, Zakir Hussain as the frightening gangster fits in perfectly and comes out with a most convincing performance. The camera work and editing remain adequate without drawing attention for anything special. On the music front Mithun inducts Bappi Lahiri’s son Bappa, especially for the dance numbers, perhaps remembering the several dance tracks they had popularised together, but overall the music remains average.
Verdict: In spite of all the variations attempted this remains old masala on a new dish. However, for those who enjoy vintage masala in action films, this one should not disappoint, though lengthwise it would have helped if it had a shorter run time.
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